BRIDGEWATER – Guilford College used a late 8-1 run to open up an 86-79 lead with 2:24 left in the game and the Quakers held off Bridgewater down the stretch to tale a 92-86 victory Saturday afternoon in ODAC play.
The Quakers trailed by four at the break, but shot 58 percent in the second half to overcome Bridgewater's long-range assault. Bridgewater took 43 shots from beyond the arc and made 18 to keep pace throughout Saturday's game.
The Eagles led 21-18 when TJ Turner scored from long range with 12:05 left in the first half. Guilford's Kyle Gregory knocked down a short jumper before a 9-0 spurt put the Eagles on top by 10 points. Sami El-Rafey passed the ball out of the post and found AJ Horde for a 3-pointer to make it 24-20. Two free throws by Davrion Grier and 1-of-2 at the line by Dimetri Chambers pushed the margin to seven. Miles Barrett then found Horde for another 3-ball and the Eagles led 30-20 with 8:22 left in the half.
Alston Thompson worked the paint for a bucket and Marcus Curry converted a three-point play as the Quakers sliced the deficit in half, 30-25.
Thompson added a free throw for Guilford before a 3-pointer by Josh Cammon put the Eagles on top 33-26 with 4:43 left in the half.
The Quakers pulled to within three, 33-30, on a layup by Gregory, but Cammon scored again from long-range for a 36-30 Eagles lead with 3:20 remaining.
A 7-0 Guilford run capped by Carson Long's layup gave the Quakers a one-point lead, but Chambers scored from inside to put the Eagles back on top 38-37 with 47 seconds left in the half. The Eagles got a stop at the defensive end and Turner hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the Eagles to the locker room with a 41-37 halftime lead.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair, featuring 11 ties and 17 lead changes.
The Quakers threatened to open up some breathing room with a 6-0 spurt to take a 78-71 lead with 6:36 left, however Bridgewater responded with a 7-0 spurt to pull even.
Chambers hit two foul shots to make it 78-73. Long missed a 3-pointer for the Quakers and then Turner hit from 3-point range to make it a two-point game. The teams traded empty possessions until a layup by Grier tied the score, 78-78, with 4:15 left in the game.
Alston then worked the paint to score five straight points to put the Quakers out front 83-78 with 3:21 on the clock. After Grier made 1-of-2 free throws for the Eagles, Jaylen Gore made a long 3-pointer for an 86-79 Guilford lead with 2:24 remaining.
A steal and a layup by Chambers trimmed the margin to five, but two free throws by Curry put the margin at seven, 88-81 with just 1:50 left. Jarrod Roger made 1-of-2 foul shots to increase the Guilford lead to eight, but the Eagles stayed in contention as Horde knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:22 left to pull Bridgewater to within five, 89-84.
The Quakers failed to score on their next possession and Grier tallied after grabbing an offensive rebound, making it a one-possession game with 42 seconds left. The Eagles then forced a Guilford turnover and had a chance to tie, but Horde's 3-pointer was off the mark. Chambers chased down the rebound in the corner, giving Bridgewater another look at a potential tying shot. Horde's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left went in-and-out and Thompson controlled the board for the Quakers and was fouled with nine seconds left. Thompson made both foul shots to put the game away for the Quakers.
Bridgewater placed six player in double figures, led by Horde's 22 points. Chambers added 14 points followed by Grier with 13, Turner with 12, Cammon with 11 and Chandler Murray with 10.
Thompson's double-double paced the Quakers as he finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Curry added 23 points for Guilford.
The Eagles return to action Friday when they host the annual Don Glick Classic. Bridgewater plays Keystone in the second game Friday evening with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. The Eagles will play Apprentice on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.